David Goh is widely known in the Asia Pacific region for his expertise in large, complex commercial disputes, whether in litigation, arbitration or other forms of dispute resolution. In particular, David has represented clients in large shareholder disputes, insolvency and matters relating to internal company matters. He is also often called upon to handle cross-border matters, and has built up significant experience in dealing with issues relating to conflict of laws or private international law.

    David’s other key practice relates to product liability. He advises and acts for clients in defending their products. In particular, he is responsible for overseeing the defense and co-ordination of product liability matters for a large luxury German brand covering all of Asia. David is also a regular contributor on several publications dealing with product liability matters. He advises a large conglomerate, which distributes two luxury brands in more than 11 countries in Southeast Asia in all aspects of their business in the region, including product liability issues, corporate, commercial matters and agreements, compliance and disputes.

    David’s previous experience as senior counsel in large conglomerates has also given him a perspective on client needs and anticipating or guiding them accordingly. He has developed proven methodologies in assisting companies to coordinate and manage their in-house and external legal service and continues to be consulted on such matters.

    In both practice and senior in-house roles, David was heavily involved in compliance matters, especially in relation to anticorruption matters and investigations. This includes creating internal systems to comply with the requirements of the relevant anti-corruption legislation and participating in internal investigations in respect of potential breaches.

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    • Advised a major investment bank in respect of claims under derivatives contracts, pursuing recovery in heavily contested insolvency litigation in Hong Kong, and devising and implementing strategies to successfully defend collateral litigation in South Korea.
    • Conducting investigations directly sanctioned by the board of directors (mainly under the Sarbanes-Oxley regime) for improper conduct or fraud, then reporting with recommendations.
    • Antitrust – Acting for large Korean airline conglomerate in relation to investigations by the US Department of Justice into allegations of price-fixing, including conducting interviews of key personnel around the world, preparing reports and working with lead US partner on strategies and advice to clients.
    • Led or assisted in a number of FCPA investigations arising out of Asia Pacific region, including Thailand, Philippines and the PRC.
    • Regularly advise or act in relation to matters relating to conflicts of laws or private international law.
    • Regularly advise and act for various individuals or companies in relation to shareholder actions and contentious winding up matters.

    Education

    • National University of Singapore, LL.B., honours

    Admissions

    • Singapore
    • Hong Kong

    Memberships and Affiliations

    • Law Society of Singapore
    • Law Society of Hong Kong
    • Singapore Chamber of Commerce
    • Singapore Association (past vice-chairman and legal adviser)
    • Hong Kong Corporate Counsel Association

    Languages

    • English
    • Cantonese
    • Mandarin
    • Hokkien
    • Teochew

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    • Contributor, The International Comparative Legal Guide to Product Liability 2016 (14th Edition), Chapter 15, Hong Kong.
    • Past contributor, Hong Kong Civil Procedure (a standard reference text for practitioners and the Hong Kong Courts on matters relating to Hong Kong civil procedure), published by Sweet & Maxwell. David was responsible for relevant sections relating to the winding up of companies and shareholders’ disputes (Volume 2, Part 1, sections 8 and 9).
    • Frequent speaking engagements on conflict of laws/jurisdiction issues and rights of minority shareholders/joint venture issues.

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